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DOJ and city not talking about negotiation process

Created: 06/11/2014 6:10 PM
By: Kai Porter, KOB Eyewitness News 4

It remains unclear what going on behind closed doors between the Department of Justice and the City of Albuquerque as they work out how to reform the Albuquerque Police Department.

A spokeswoman for Mayor Richard Berry said they expected to receive a draft proposal from the DOJ as soon as Wednesday. In that proposal, the DOJ will recommend changes the department needs to make. But neither the city nor the feds will tell KOB Eyewitness News 4 if that step has taken place.

Back in April, the DOJ was very forthcoming in finding APD officers used excessive force. But on Wednesday, KOB called and emailed the DOJ, asking what is going on with the negotiation process and if the public will get a copy of the draft proposal when it's submitted.

"The Department of Justice respectfully declines to comment on this matter at this time," said Elizabeth M. Martinez, Public Affairs Officer for the U.S. Attorney's Office.

The city issued a similar response.

"Attorneys with both the DOJ and the City are engaged in legal discussions and we simply cannot make any comments on these matters," said Breanna Anderson, Deputy Director of Communications for the Mayor's Office.

Mayor Berry has previously said he wants this process to be as transparent as possible and he wants community input.


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